In conversation with… Ann Marie

May 17th 2018

In conversation with… Ann Marie

Jigsaw Meath - In conversation with…… Ann-Marie Kealey

What inspired you to get involved with Jigsaw?

I met with Damien, the Youth and Community Engagement Worker while on student placement in my local Family Resource Centre. He spoke to me about the valuable service that is Jigsaw.

I liked that it works with people’s mental health difficulties early to prevent crisis situations; promotes positive mental health awareness and focuses on one of the most vulnerable groups in society, young people.

I wanted to be a part of the great work Jigsaw do and I wanted to learn more about youth mental health to assist with my studies in Social Care are the reasons why I joined the YAP.

What are the best things you have done so far as part of Jigsaw?

I have visited other Jigsaw centres to meet with their YAP and share ideas on how best to promote positive mental health. I have sat on the Jigsaw Advisory Group representing the YAP amongst representatives from community organisations like the GAA. Doing this I can keep the YAP undated on developments in youth mental health in Meath and share my view as a young person.

Although the best thing I have done as a YAP member is meet other young people with similar views of promoting positive mental health. Meeting the Jigsaw Meath team has been great fun too. As a new YAP we are excited to accomplish more throughout the year.

What change would you like to see to youth mental health in Ireland?

I would like to see mental health in Ireland talked more openly amongst people instead of it being a stigma. It should be viewed like any other physical problem. Just like a broken leg it can be fixed with the right support.

I also hope that young people don’t feel alone if they have difficulties. That they know of services like Jigsaw and that they have access to them.

What other interests do you have?

Like most young people I enjoy going to the cinema, shopping and listening to music. Simple things like catching up with friends are important to me. So too is getting involved in my community. One way I do this is through my local GAA club, either as a supporter of other teams or playing (badly) with the camogie team.